Masters second round – Poulter leads European challenge

Koepka didn’t make any of these errors yesterday. Here’s a reminder of his glorious 66 on the opening day…

Currently dry but thunder expected later

Peter Scrivener

BBC Sport at Augusta National

The weather forecast has shifted slightly. The rain has stopped and is now not expected to return until around 4-5pm this afternoon, with thunderstorm graphics.

It’s hardly brilliant sunshine out there but it’s heating up and is expected to reach a high of around 85C later on. But it’s incredibly humid out there.


There are still 42 players to start the second round but here is how things stand at the moment at the Augusta National:

-7 B Koepka (US)

-6 B DeChambeau (US)

-5 P Mickelson (US)

-4 I Poulter (Eng), D Johnson (US)

-3 D Johnson (US), K Kisner (US), K Aphibarnrat (Tha), F Molinari (Ita), J Day (Aus), J Harding (SA) 16:48, A Scott (Aus) 18:05, J Rahm (Spa) 18:49

-2 P Kizzire (US), C Conners (Can) 16:15, J.B. Holmes (US) 17:10, L Bjerregaard (Den) 17:32, G Woodland (US) 18:32, T Woods (US) 18:49, R Fowler 19:00 (US), C Smith (Aus) 19:00

Selected others:

-1 T Olesen (Den), B Watson (US), T Finau (US) 17:54, T Fleetwood (Eng) 18:38, L Oosthuizen (SA) 18:27

E B Langer (Ger), H Li (Chn) 18:49

+1 R McIlroy (NI), S Garcia (Spa) 17:54, P Reed (US) 18:16,

+2 T Hatton (Eng), J Rose (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng) 17:43, H Stenson (Swe) 17:54

+3 J Spieth (US), M Wallace (Eng) D Willett (Eng) 16:59, M Wallace (Eng)

+4 S Lyle (Sco)

+8 I Woosnam (Wal) 16:26

+9 P Casey (Eng)

Where listed all tee times BST.

Rose at two over

Mickelson -5, Rose +2, Thomas +1 (1)

A stellar trio have just made their way off the first green. Phil Mickelson (who started the day at five under) picks up par while Justin Rose goes sub-zero with a birdie to move to two over for the tournament and Justin Thomas stays at one over.

Poulter pars the third

Poulter -4 (3)

A bit of stability for Ian Poulter as he follows a bogey and a birdie with a par on the third.

Willett own-brand ball markings

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Don’t they grow quickly! I can remember Danny Willett posing for pictures in his Green Jacket with his then newborn son Zach just after winning the Masters in 2016.

Glad to see the little man is ensuring their won’t be a problem identifying his Dad’s ball out on the course!

Bogey for Poulter

Poulter -3 (1)

Ian Poulter takes a bogey hit on the first. He picked up just one in his whole round yesterday…

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